What is a Database?

A database is a place where your data is stored.  A database could be as simple as an XML file, Access File, or event a Text File. They can also be much more sophisticated in the cases of MySQL, SQL Server, Oracle.  Most of the websites we build utilize MySQL 5 for the database.  Database Servers use a Query Language to create, modify, and delete data.  Websites are then built using query statements to retrieve content for your pages.  Database Servers also support remote backup and restore functions.  This makes it easy to backup your website's data without having to stop the server or take it down for maintenance.

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